Family Shoe Store was the first shoe store on Guam. Shoes, of course, were sold in other stores before and after the war, but this store was exclusively for shoes.
It was opened around 1950 by husband and wife Jose (Ton Nene) and Ana Franquez Dueñas.
The upper floor was originally storage space but in the early 1970s it was rented to my aunt, Sally Limtiaco, as a beauty salon (called Princess Coiffure).
Route 4 at the time was just two lanes and there were no side walks as yet.
The store closed in 1983 and eventually became the first offices of the newly-created Catholic Social Services.
Route 4 is widened and now has sidewalks.
The land was eventually leased to the Bank of Guam and the old building torn down to make way for the building of the bank's headquarters. Route 4 now has a median island or divider.